Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Mae West: Hold a Man

In April 1937, The Literary Digest contacted MAE WEST and other high-profile Americans to poll these individuals on their reading habits. Does Mae's reply have the ring of authenticity? What's your opinion? 
• • "Busy People Read" • •
• • While the normal citizen snoozes over his evening paper and considers a hard day’s reading done, the really busy folk, emerging from a whirl of conferences and speeches, settle down for a stretch of serious book-reading, states the Literary Digest.
• • John L. Lewis reads an average of fifteen books a month, all carefully, usually upon economics or history with a detective story thrown in for relaxation.
• • Bruce Barton, a biography fan, covers from five to seven books in his reading week.
• • Editor Raymond Moley, former advisor to the President, “may sip the juice” of as many as sixteen books a week.
• • Chairman James Landis of the Securities and Exchange Commission reads more than two hundred books a year.
• • Mae West, screen actress, reads about twenty books a year “besides the dozens and dozens of manuscripts” necessary in her business.
• • Source:  Madera Tribune; published on Monday,  5 April 1937.
• • On Monday, 5 April 1928 • •
• • The play "Diamond Lil" was making its debut. "You'd have thought that a favorite bootlegger had come back from Atlanta," wrote drama critic Robert Garland in the New York Evening Telegram on Monday, 5 April 1928. "[Mae] makes Miss Ethel Barrymore look like the late lamented Bert Savoy."
• • On Monday, 5 April 1954 • •
• • The death of James Timony [on Monday, 5 April 1954] was announced in The L.A. Times on April 6th and in Variety on April 7th. The loss of her steadfast companion and her most devoted friend was incalculable.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • The resemblance of Peggy Livesey's Courtesan to Mae West, for example, did not pass unnoticed.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "The best way to hold a man is in your arms."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • A California college campus reviewer discussed Mae West.
• • Film critic Bull wrote: Despite the fact that there is practically a complete absence of coherent plot, "My Little Chickadee" is still funny. Mae West portrays a woman of you-know-what repute who handles a six-shooter as easily as a fingernail polisher.
• • Bull wrote: For a carpetbag full of liver-pill ads which look like century notes she marries Fields; only the marriage is a fake. Cuthbert Twillie (Fields) later senses a "√úbangi in the fuel supply."
• • Bull wrote: 
Complications are furnished by a masked bandit, the town boss, a righteous editor, and Fields' becoming the sheriff.  . . .

• • Source: Movie Review in The Stanford Daily; published on Friday, 5 April 1940 
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 11th anniversary • •
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,400 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3413th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.


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